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“great place to cool off”

Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

25 minute movie is worth watching. Exhibets relatively interesting. Particularly the dioramas. Allowing 1 hour was plenty for us. Snack bar in the adjacent parking lot.

Thank ernieLoomisCa
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This museum has the unenviable task of supplementing the sites at Mesa Verde, which is one of the most spectacular "living museums" on the continent. Unfortunately, it does not live up to the task. The exhibits look like what I would have expected forty years ago; indeed, one of the rangers mentioned that at least some of the dioramas might have been built by New Deal workers in the 1930s. Interestingly enough, however, the bookstore is excellent, and that may merit a look. In these days of Amazon and her sisters, however, visitors should only spend time in the museum if they have ample time for the cliff dwellings and scenic loops. These outdoor attractions will leave you quaking; Chapin Mesa Museum is a huge step down from such peak experiences.

Thank Stuthehistoryguy
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

this museum could use a make over - the display cases are old and a bit outdates - if they would charge they could finance something better and since it is free it is noisy and crowded just go see the pottery case.

Thank jimenita55
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The museum has great exhibits of the lives of those who lived on Mesa Verde, what they ate and how they grew or captured it, how they made pottery and the like. Plan to spend a couple of hours here. The video is shown every half hour and although the view can be obscured by the heads in front of you, it is worth the time. The large screen would best be elevated about 3 ft higher as we sat in the second row and the average sized women in front of us blocked our view and we had to peer around them.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Original corn bread recipies, building techniques, farming tools, cooking tools , foods, dating techniques of houses

Thank Pheneos
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